ABB to supply power system for hybrid diesel-electric live fish carrier

A diesel-electric vessel being built at the Aas Mek. Verksted AS shipyard in Vestnes, Norway, for Nova Sea Service will be the first live fish carrier to feature an ABB hybrid power and propulsion solution with integral energy storage.

In a statement issued today on 16 June, ABB said that the Færøysund is ‘set to become one of the most environmentally friendly vessels of its kind’.

Onboard batteries will enable ‘peak shaving’ when the ship is operating at high loads, optimising the energy management and reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In environmentally sensitive areas, stored energy, supported by clean shore power connected via ABB technology, will enable emission-free operation.

‘We are very proud of the innovation behind this project and our role in supporting Nova Sea’s mission to deliver fresher, tastier products from farm to plate,’ said Halvard Aas of Aas Mek. Verksted. ‘Consumers are increasingly aware of the need for sustainability in the transport chain and our collaboration with ABB has resulted in a power plant solution for Færøysund that supports live fish transport while also minimising carbon footprint.’

The Færøysund, which is Aas Mek. Verksted’s second newbuild for Nova Sea Service, is scheduled to be delivered in September 2021.

ABB’s scope of supply consists of an electric, digital and connected propulsion package comprised of two ACS880 drives and two permanent magnet motors, the energy storage system including a battery pack, low voltage switchboards, and a power energy management system (PEMS). ABB is also overseeing all systems engineering, project management and commissioning, and will offer a full range of remote diagnostic services.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor